Surprise mom with a floral cocktail – The Denver Post

Flower bouquets have been go-to gifts on Mother’s Day for decades, as blooms celebrate love and admiration. But this year, honor the mothers in your life by making a floral libation.

Whether for food or drink, there is a thrill when using edible flowers in the kitchen. You can add dried blooms to salts, sugars or syrups and use fresh blooms as cocktail garnishes, pressed into homemade biscuits and tossed in salads. Organic edible flowers can be found at your local farmers market or natural foods store as well as online.

But chamomile is a very accessible edible flower, since many people have a bag of chamomile tea in their pantries. The flower has a sweet, earthy flavor and makes a lovely and versatile simple syrup that may soon become a staple in your refrigerator. Below is a recipe to make your own syrup, as well as two warm-weather drink recipes that incorporate it.

Chamomile Simple Syrup

Not only does this syrup taste delicious in a cocktail or mocktail, it is also wonderful drizzled on French toast or vanilla ice cream with fresh berries. You can even use it to sweeten iced coffee.

Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 individual bags of chamomile tea

Preparation

1. Place sugar and filtered water in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and add the chamomile tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes, then discard tea bags. Let syrup cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Chamomile Lime Rickey Mocktail

A floral, nonalcoholic twist on a classic drink, this flavorful fizzy limeade is the perfect front-porch sipper on a warm afternoon. The chamomile adds some sunshine, and little ones will love it as well.

Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chamomile simple syrup, plus more to taste
  • Ice, as needed
  • 8 ounces seltzer water
  • Thin lime slices or a fresh organic edible chamomile flower for garnish (optional)

Preparation

1. Combine the lime juice and the chamomile simple syrup in a large (16- to 18-ounce) tumbler and stir to combine. Taste and add more lime juice or syrup if you’d like.

2. Fill with ice, top off with the seltzer and gently mix to combine. Garnish with lime slices or an organic edible flower, if desired.

Chamomile Strawberry Gin Daisy Cocktail

This pretty-in-pink libation is fresh, tangy and sweet. It celebrates everything you love about spring in one glass and tastes great all summer, too.

Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh strawberry, plus additional slices for garnish
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 tablespoon chamomile simple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon grenadine
  • Ice, as needed
  • 1 organic edible flower for garnish (optional)

Preparation

1. Place the strawberry in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, smash the strawberry into a purée. (If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a small bowl and the tines of a fork or the handle of a wooden spoon to smash the berry before adding it to the cocktail shaker.)

2. Add the gin, chamomile simple syrup, lemon juice, grenadine and a handful of ice to the shaker. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Add more chamomile simple syrup and lemon to taste.

3. Strain into a large (8- to 10-ounce) glass or cup. (If you prefer, you can serve over ice as well.) Garnish with strawberry slices or an organic edible flower, if desired.

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